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Alcohol and Drug Dependence and Its Impact on Family and Community: Seizing the Opportunity. Supporting Families and Promoting Recovery A partnership of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors Webinar by TASC, Inc Chicago, IL. 1.

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Alcohol and drug dependence and its impact on family and community seizing the opportunity

Alcohol and Drug Dependence and Its Impact on Family and Community:Seizing the Opportunity

Supporting Families and Promoting Recovery

A partnership of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors

Webinar by TASC, Inc

Chicago, IL

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Who is tasc inc
Who is TASC, Inc. Community:

Over 30 years of experience integrating behavioral health services into justice system for individuals and families

Bridges treatment and justice systems for people and families involved in both

Saves money, restores families and lays the foundation for positive and lasting change

Helps slow the cycle of drugs and crime


Why TASC Supports This Effort Community:

Clergy’s recognition of problem of substance abuse in their congregations vs. lack of training on how to deal with it

Importance of spirituality and religion to substance abuse prevention and treatment vs. failure of healthcare providers to take advantage of this

Clergy should:

Address substance abuse in their ministries

Develop relationships with treatment professionals

Connect members of congregations to treatment

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Who attended church universal
Who Attended: Community:Church Universal


It takes a village
It Takes a Village Community:

The Individual

The Family

The Church

The Community

Society as a Whole


Family interaction when defined by alcoholism or addiction

Family interaction when defined by alcoholism or addiction Community:.

Problems clergy see that are frequently associated with addiction in the family:

Increased… Decreased…

Family conflict Family cohesion

Emotional or physical violence Family organization

Family isolationFamily stress, e.g.: work problems, illness, marital strain, finances,

and frequent relocations

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A parent who is abusing alcohol or other drugs
A Parent who is abusing alcohol or other drugs Community:

May be less attentive to the child while drunk or high

May be unable to fulfill their role as a parent, including providing medical treatment

Is more likely to be diagnosed with a co- morbid psychological problem

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A parent who is abusing alcohol or other drugs1
A Parent who is abusing alcohol or other drugs Community:

May be chronically physically ill from using drugs or alcohol

Spends times procuring, using, and recovering from the alcohol or drug use instead of parenting

May be engaged in illegal activities

Places financial stress on the family system

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Consequences for children of addicted parents
Consequences for Children of Addicted Parents Community:

  • More absenteeism from school, less help with homework

  • Daughters more likely to connect to/marry addicted men

  • More depression and suicide in adolescents

  • More illness, injuries, poisonings, substance abuse, hospitalizations

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Children of addicted parents
Children of Addicted Parents Community:

Often lack consistency, stability, and needed emotional support due to the chaotic family environment

May be physically and emotionally traumatized by accidental injury or verbal, physical or sexual abuse due to parental drinking/drug use

May encounter permissiveness, neglect, violence, poor communication, under-socialization

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Addressing family addiction
Addressing Family Addiction Community:

Interventions need to be comprehensive and continual – and include age-appropriate child services.

Children benefit from educational support programs, including Alateen, whether they live in birth home or in foster care, and whether or not their parents get well.

Spouses benefit from Al-Anon

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Recovery does happen
Recovery Does Happen Community:

Intervention and treatment work

Families heal

Spiritual health is possible again

Money is saved

Life gets better

People in recovery give back

Everyone wins!

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Emerging recovery trends
Emerging Recovery Trends Community:

Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life.

Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care shift the question from “How do we get the client into treatment?” to “How do we support the process of recovery within the person’s environment?”

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Follow up efforts
Follow-up Efforts Community:

  • Needs Assessment sent Faith Community

  • Conference Calls Scheduled to discuss specific needs and answer questions

  • Offer additional assistance when necessary

  • Create a Faith Based Community

    Recovery Oriented System of Care

    Committee


Thank you
THANK YOU!! Community:

QUESTIONS?


Contact information
Contact Information: Community:

Cherie A. Hunter

Director, External Training

TASC, Inc.

1500 N. Halsted

Chicago, Illinois 60642

(312) 573-8302

[email protected]


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